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Oklahoma State football: 2011 loss to Iowa State was an opportunity lost

BERRY TRAMEL COMMENTARY — The last time Oklahoma State and Iowa State stepped on the same football field, the Cowboys lost a chance at a national title game berth and possibly another Heisman Trophy.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 19, 2012

STILLWATER – The last time OSU shared a football field with the Cyclones of Iowa State, the Cowboys lost.

Lost a game and lost much, much more. The opportunity of a lifetime.

* A Big Bowl berth against LSU and old friend Les Miles. Little ol' Oklahoma State would have been playing for the national championship, with a fighting chance to win.

* A possible Heisman Trophy for Brandon Weeden.

* Five weeks in the national spotlight. Mike Gundy talked the other day about the benefits of being ranked and having your scores posted on the ESPN crawl at the bottom of the screen. That's chump change compared to a month of hype counting down to the Big Bowl.

All of which means OSU-ISU 2012 is not a grudge match. Not a revenge game. No way can the Cowboys pay back Iowa State for that defeat.

“When you look at it, there's a lot of what-ifs or opportunities that may have come if it had gone differently,” said OSU kicker Quinn Sharp, who in Ames famously missed a late field goal that would have given the Cowboys the lead. “It's just one of those things.”

Those opportunities are gone. The Cowboys might win another Heisman. Might make another Big Bowl. But they're not winning that Heisman. They're not making that Big Bowl.

“That's over,” said OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken. “They beat us. That's the way it is. We've gotta move on and find a way to win it this year.”

That Friday night loss in Ames hurt. But it hurt some guys who aren't even in uniform this time around. Watching film this week, Monken counted just three offensive starters from that game who will play Saturday for the Cowboys: Joe Randle, Lane Taylor and Kye Staley.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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